Editorial: The lifesaving difference between connected cars vs. self-driving cars

Radio frequency spectrum is finite, like shelf space in your grocery store, and wireless companies covet spectrum reserved for DSRC to instead accommodate wireless devices intended to speed data communications for entertainment and other end uses. So rather than implementing safety technology under development since 1997 now, wireless companies want to put nascent 5G technology to work as an alternative to DSRC for transmitting connected-car safety messages.

From a practicality perspective, a recommendation to supplant DSRC with 5G has nothing to do with the underlying technology and everything to do with the inevitable delay — and continued loss of life on our roadways — as 5G technology is readied for widespread implementation.